You can prevent diabetes! Did your parent(s) or grandparent (s) develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime? Did they suffer from vision loss (retinopathy), kidney failure (nephropathy), or amputation of a foot or leg (neuropathy and vascular disease)? Well, this does not have to be your destiny as well! So let's get started.
First, I have to clarify the types of diabetes that are preventable. This article is not about preventing type 1 or type 1.5 diabetes. These are autoimmune diseases that are triggered by several hypothesized environmental agents in persons who are genetically susceptible. You can read more about these conditions here.
Here is a list of conditions that can be prevented with lifestyle changes including a diet of whole-foods.
Prevention of chronic metabolic diseases is not something that allopathic medicine is particularly good at. Our medical system in the U.S. is disease centric, but as is becoming quite clear, this is the most expensive way to take care of a population. When infectious diseases were common causes of death, sanitation procedures and infrastructure were developed to prevent the spread of infectious organisms. At the same time, antibiotics were also discovered to treat infectious diseases. They are miraculous drugs, but this contributed to the idea that medicines can cure medical diseases. Unfortunately, this paradigm does not work for metabolic disease which in the vast majority of cases is caused by poor lifestyle habits and is not curable with medications. Clearly it is easier to prevent problems before they happen than to solve them afterwards and that certainly applies to these metabolic diseases. I am confident that these conditions, particularly insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, are preventable because not only does poor lifestyle habits cause them, but positive lifestyle changes can both treat and reverse these conditions.
Preventing the conditions listed above can be achieved using a whole-food dietary regimen, regular exercise, and the other lifestyle changes described here. Preventing these conditions implies that you do not already have them, meaning that you are not carbohydrate intolerant at this point. Thus, eating carbohydrates from whole, unprocessed, foods should not result in excess body fat or metabolic disease. See Prevent with Whole-Foods below. Most people in Westernized countries are partaking in processed, snack, junk foods on a daily basis. So just eliminating them represents a lifestyle change. For the purpose of describing different levels of carbohydrate restriction to prevent, treat, or reverse diabetes, I will use a three tier system that starts with real whole-foods with different levels of dietary carbohydrate restriction. However, that does not mean dietary fat, or protein for that matter, can be ignored either.
Making significant positive lifestyle changes are easy for some, but not so easy for others. I will have articles to assist you in making these lifestyle changes easier.
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